When traveling with a toddler, whether it’s a long road trip or a plane ride across the country, we as parents have our work cut out for us. Gone are the days where we just pack the bags, throw them in the car and off we go. I now spend more time packing and organizing activities to keep my little guy entertained so we can make it to our destination without pulling my hair out.
Here are a few tips we use to try and make it as fun and peaceful as possible:
Sit in the back seat – Especially if you just have 1 child. It makes them feel like part of the group and gives you a little more time before the whining begins.
iPad – This will be your life saver. Load it up with new movies and games and you will have one happy toddler…for about 30 minutes.
Music Blaring – Have kids music readily available. Yes, it can be extremely annoying to hear the SAME song over and over again. But it’s much better than a cranky child.
Snacks, snacks and more snacks – I’m not a big fan of eating in the car, but we make an exception on road trips. Candy is perfect for bribing.
Busy bag – Pack a bag of stickers, crayons, activity books, scissors, flashcards, books etc. Pack things that the kids like, but don’t necessarily get to play with on a daily basis.
What are your essentials for traveling with little kids?